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NHL, NHLPA meet face-to-face, but no progress on CBA talks

The NHL and NHLPA met on Monday to discuss accounting from the 2011-12 season, yet no progress was made on the current CBA negotiations.

As the Canadian Press reports, both sides met for five hours during the day without making plans for further talks on the current negotiations. Bill Daly, deputy commissioner for the NHL, says that the league is willing to meet to negotiate as soon as the NHLPA is willing to make a new proposal to the NHL.

"Obviously, we've got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it's important to get the talks going again," said Daly. "But you also have to have something to say. I think it's fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players' association in a meaningful way because I don't think that they've really moved off their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago now."

There has been growing consternation over just how much of the 2012-13 season will be lost, especially in light of Dan Cleary's comments that the players are ready for the lockout to cancel the entire season.

"I'm hoping that some of (the players') pessimism is almost an intentional pessimism because certainly that's not where our mindset is," said Daly. "We don't want an extended work stoppage, we don't want to miss any regular-season games. That's going to be our mindset until we have to cancel some."

Daly states that he believes the two sides are not that far off -- at least fundamentally -- compared to the 2004-05 lockout that resulted in a lost season. For now, no new negotiations are scheduled at this time.

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